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This idol of self that I have known,
'Tis folly indeed before Thee.
Tear it Lord from my heart, Thy throne,
That I may worship only Thee!

Jer 16:20
Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?

LIGHT from the WORD.

We laugh at those who worship an idol of stone or wood.
They are idols fashioned by man's imaginations.

Yet, many Christians would fashion the Lord of the cross
with their own imaginations.
Some want:
salvation without devotion;
justification without sanctification;
miracles without daily communion;
truth without the work of Bible study;
And, everyone wants love FROM God,
without love TO God!

We all want to be "in charge" of who we are.
And, we want God to make us what WE want,
instead of what HE wants!

Crucifiction of self is hard to do; but it is
the ONLY way to God!!

When we surrender "self" to Christ, amazing things
happen on the INSIDE!
We know the joy of His forgiveness and acceptance.
(See John 1:12 and 1John 3:1)
We are made "new creatures" to be fashioned after Christ.
(See 1Cor. 5:17)
We know the constant presence of our Lord.
(See John 14:26 and See Eph. 1:13)

Also, when we surrender "self" to Christ, amazing things
happen on the OUTSIDE!
We have genuine care for others who do not know Christ.
(See 2Cor. 5:20)
We have a sincere appreciation for those who have surrendered
to Christ. (See John 13:35)
These things are exhibited in our daily life. (See James 1:22-25)

Let us be daily given TO Christ
that we may be daily ministers FOR Christ!!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce